From aerospace to everyday life: the trajectory of cable ties

Aylza Donald, Alice Gorman

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Cable ties were originally invented in the late 1950s to prevent aircraft assembly workers’ from hand injuries when bundling and tying cables. This project examines the trajectory of cable ties, from specialised aerospace applications to their myriad uses in everyday life. Cable tie development echoes other technological innovations in contemporary material culture. The domestication of cable ties is investigated in relation to the Cold War, ‘Space Race’, and other military conflicts. The project forms part of a larger study on aerospace technology originated by Dr Alice Gorman.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventEighth World Archaeological Congress - Doshisha University, Imadegawa Campus, Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 28 Aug 20162 Sep 2016 (Congress website)


ConferenceEighth World Archaeological Congress
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  • cable ties
  • contemporary archaeology
  • tracking stations


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